The iconic Pearlroth House in Westhampton Beach was moved closer to Dune Road this week. The home, designed in 1958 by architect Andrew Geller, will be completely restored, with plans to make it available for public tours.
Geller’s grandson, Jake Gorst, said the house was put up on pilings, above the floodplain, and that there are plans to grade the property.
It’s the latest step in a process that started several years ago when attorney Jonathan Pearlroth, who inherited the 600-square-foot beach house from his father, decided to demolish it and replace it with a larger house for his family. He eventually began working with preservationists, including Gorst, who has been researching a book about Geller, known for his whimsical, modern home designs.
Geller, who died in 2011, also designed the Reese House in Sagaponack, as well as many Lord & Taylor department stores. He helped design the Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center.
“It was a big piece of a lot of people’s childhoods,” Gorst said of the Pearlroth House, which consists of two elongated box shapes rotated in tandem and perched on edge, forming a double diamond figure. “They always remembered driving by it as a kid.”
The restoration work will be done by Richard Reinhardt of Reinhardt/O'Brien Contracting, and overseen by architect Rick Cook of Cook + Fox.
Pearlroth is also building a new home further back on the property.